Q&A with Herve Renard – @KickOffCooper

Herve Renard

Former Zambia coach Herve Renard tells KickOff.com that he is very interested in the Bafana Bafana job and that, should he get it, he could do ‘something great’.

KICK OFF: Herve, thanks for your time. So you can confirm that you are interested in the Bafana Bafana head coach job?
Herve Renard: Yes, I’m interested. I know South Africa very well and it is a very interesting challenge. But I’m sure the SAFA position will receive a lot of options, so it is still a long way to be elected.

KO: Have any official talks between SAFA and yourself, or your agent, taken place?
HR: No talks yet, they only [recently] decided to stop their collaboration with Mr Gordon Igesund, so I don’t think it is necessary to rush. They are relaxed and we will see what happens.

KO: How much do you know about the South African players and the League set-up in the country?
HR: I spent four years in Zambia and we prepared [for] all the very important tournaments in South Africa. We were always based in Johannesburg. I have also watched your League competition; there are some Zambian players in South Africa. I know there is big potential in the country [but] the results are not fantastic for a long time. Why? I don’t know. Certainly there is a reason. But the most important thing is the big potential … we can do something great, with a lot of work of course.

KO: What do you feel you can bring to the Bafana job which others haven’t been able to?
HR: It’s too easy to say I can bring this, this and this – I just want to be myself, with a lot of humility, because in football when you talk too much before … [pauses] it’s not necessary to talk too much. I can just do what I know how to do. I think I proved with Zambia that I am able to do a very good job. So if the people are excited about my candidacy it will be a pleasure for me; if not … this is life.

KO: What is your current situation with French club FC Sochaux?
HR: My contract will be finished at the end of this month. They proposed to me to renew, but I didn’t accept. So at the moment I am free. I will come back to Africa in July, maybe even at the end of June already, and I will stay in Zambia to rest and await a new challenge.”

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